How to create Head Tracking Scenes

26th July 2020


| Reality Composer
11" iPad Pro (2nd Generation)
iPadOS 13

Jacob Woolcock

26th July 2020

Jacob Woolcock



| Reality Composer
11" iPad Pro (2nd Generation)
iPadOS 13

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With the free Reality Composer app for iPad and iPhone you can create your very own ‘snapchat-style’ Augmented Reality scenes that use Face Tracking to link objects to facial features. In this quick how-to video I’ll show you how to use the Face Anchor in Reality Composer to create a pair of Augmented Reality sunglasses.

Imagine using this with your class to bring book characters to life, to design fashionable accessories or to relive a historic event by dressing up as famous people in Augmented Reality. The possibilities really are endless!


Let’s have a look at how we can use Reality Composer to create some Augmented Reality content linked to our faces.

To start with I’ve used Keynote to draw these very stylish and fashionable sunglasses.

I’m going to swipe this page away for now and open up Reality Composer.

Now, as long as you’re using a device with a TrueDepth camera, (so one that has FaceID), you can create a new document with the Face as an Anchor Point.

Tap onto here and you’ll get a new document – a new workspace – with a face mask in the middle.

There’s a speech bubble in the top corner, but we don’t want that for now, so you’re going to tap on the bubble once to select it, and then tap on it again and press delete.

At this point I’m going to drag up from the bottom to show the dock, and I’m going to slide the Keynote window over as a popover window.

I can now see Reality Composer and Keynote so I’m going to tap on my sunglasses once, and then I’m going to tap and hold to select them and lift them off of the page.

I can now slide my finger across and drop it straight into Reality Composer.

From here I can adjust the position and size of my glasses.

On the right hand side in the Inspector I’ve also got a Scale option so I’m going to make the sunglasses a bit more of a normal size and then position them above the bridge of the nose.

So when I tap on the arrows I get three different colour arrows, one for each of the X, Y and Z co-ordinates.

I can tap and drag to move the object around, or rotate them by using the circles.

When your glasses are in place and looking good you can go to the top corner and press the AR and Play buttons.

This will get rid of all the interface from the program and it’ll just show you wearing your very stylish new glasses!

It’s a bit of fun making some novelty summer sunglasses, but imagine using it in the classroom to recreate your favourite book characters, such as Harry Potter with his glasses and lightning-bolt scar.

Or perhaps you might even have a role-playing exercise where you dress up as different characters using Augmented Reality.

It’s great fun!

There really are so many possibilities for using the Face Anchor in Reality Composer and I’d love to see what you come up with. So if you make anything interesting share it in the comments down below or tweet it to me on Twitter @JacobWoolcock. I’d love o to see what you’re making in Reality Composer!

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About Reality Composer
The Reality Composer app is an AR creation tool by Apple that allows users to design and prototype augmented reality experiences without extensive coding knowledge. It provides an array of built-in assets, intuitive controls, and behaviours to help users build interactive and immersive AR content easily.

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This QuickTip video was recorded on an 11" iPad Pro (2nd Generation)
running iPadOS 13.

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